Tony Butala (Founder and original member of The Letterman) said, When Patty asked me to be part of the book, I was overjoyed. We played there a few times in the 60’s and I really miss the elegance the room offered both the artists and patrons. Leslie Uggams recalled, My very first nightclub engagement was The Persian Room. What great memories I have and loved sharing with Patty for the book. Carol Lawrence remembered, I was booked at The Persian Room right after Westside Story. They put me on a ladder that whirled as I was dancing. There were always celebrities in the audience, but one night Cary Grant was among them and I still think that is one of the reason’s the Persian Room was my favorite nightclub. One of the earliest Persian Room alumni in attendance, Ms. Marge Champion, who told guests We (with husband, Gower Champion) were the second act on the bill, but it didn’t matter.
If you were appearing at The Persian Room, you were considered a headliner. Like everyone else here tonight, we never thought anyone would write a book, but are grateful to Patty for doing so. Ms. Farmer, who maintains a residence at The Plaza, told of how Celeste Holm would practically run after the curtain came down on Oklahoma! in order to make her 11:30pm show at the Persian room.
It was that important to artists, says Farmer. It was a packed room that gathered the following night at Barnes & Noble (82nd and Broadway) as Barbara Van Orden, Tony Butala, Marge Champion and Julie Wilson joined author, Patty Farmer, for an evening of Q&A and signing that began at 7:00pm and lasted well into the evening before patrons had exhausted their questions and gotten their books (in some cases, multiple purchases), signed by the evening’s special guests. The Persian Room Presents, which has a jacket illustration by Sujean Rim and features famed Persian Room performer Jack Jones serenading the author, Patty Farmer, is available nationwide this weekend with book signings scheduled for San Diego, Palm Springs and Los Angeles.
Photographs are Courtesy: John Aquino Photography
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